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Sage Kokjohn, left, and Rolf Reitz check a room with test monitors and air regulators that are connected to an operating, one-cylinder diesel engine in the Caterpillar Engine Lab at the Engineering Research Building.  Photo: Jeff Miller

July 16, 2014

The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick.

Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Attendees

July 15, 2014

The week of June 16 marked the annual Bioenergy Institute for Educators program at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s (GLBRC) education and outreach staff, the Institute welcomed educators to learn about the latest bioenergy breakthroughs and how to bring contemporary energy content into their classrooms.

Chris Hittinger

July 14, 2014

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher, well known for his work studying yeast fermentation, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Chris Hittinger, professor of genetics, is one of 22 of the latest early-career scientists to receive the honor. He joins the ranks of 500 Pew Scholars recognized since 1985, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners, Lasker Award recipients and MacArthur Fellows.

June 30, 2014

A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, which consume 75 percent of the world's resources and emit most of its greenhouse gases. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, an additional three billion people will move into these dense, resource-intense urban environments. 

“Projecting from current trends, you realize that we should have a plan for how this change unfolds,” says Mike Corradini, director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute and professor of engineering physics. 

VitaCycle Prototype - Photo Credit Artem Balashov

June 24, 2014

An intercollegiate team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently won a competition to bring their urban agriculture project to Expo 2017 – known stateside as the World’s Fair – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

JCI Advanced Systems Test Lab Opening

June 02, 2014

On May 5, 2014, the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison unveiled its newest laboratory. UW researchers will use the Advanced Systems Test Lab, which features equipment donated by Johnson Controls, to collaborate with industry scientists in developing the future of energy storage technology and vehicle battery systems.

May 20, 2014

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received Project of the Year and Best Green-Built honors for its dedication to sustainability in design, construction and functionality at this year's Commercial Design Awards.
Wisconsin Energy Institute

May 14, 2014

In the words of one of our CDA judges, Madison is a town that’s “on fire” when it comes to quality commercial developments. As the local commercial construction industry continues to recover from a devastating recession, the quality of projects in this, the seventh annual Commercial Design Awards program, is representative of a healthier and more creative industry.

May 08, 2014

Starting with the banning of incandescent light bulbs, energy as we know it is in the process of change in 2014. Topics such as energy independence, natural gas and Wisconsin’s clean energy policy are all themes to look to this year.  

Greg Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, and Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, are both experts in energy who shared some thoughts about the changing energy landscape.

May 08, 2014

MADISON, May 5, 2014- A new laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will help researchers collaborate and develop the future of energy storage technology, using equipment donated by Johnson Controls.

The donation announced today includes state-of-the-art battery testing technology, which will allow students, faculty and engineers to study and optimize energy storage systems. The research will enable manufacturers to build systems that utilize battery power more efficiently.

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